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Flood meeting held in Birmingham

A flood meeting was held on Friday 26th February to discuss the arrangements or dealing with flooding in the West Midlands.

The West Midland Conurbation has over the past three years suffered from flooding emergencies, as experienced in Witton, June 2007 and areas of South Birmingham in September 2008.  These experiences have shown us that we are now not just at risk  of floods occurring from rivers and streams, but also surface water flooding caused by intense periods of rainfall which ‘overload’ our drainage capacity. 

On Friday 26th February council officers from Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Coventry, Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell as well as the emergency services gathered in Birmingham to discuss if the West Midlands Conurbation had appropriate emergency arrangements in place to deal with a large scale flooding emergency.

Stephen Grogan, Head of Birmingham Resilience Team said, “The meeting highlighted that a great deal of work was ongoing by all agencies and both individually and collectively they had very good flood response arrangements in place, but there is still room for improvement”

“A major discussion point was the fact that no matter how well agencies prepared for and responded to the threat of flooding the reality is that with climate change giving us periods of more frequent and intense rainfall there will no doubt be future flooding emergencies across the region.”

“The meeting was an excellent event to share learning and identify how individually and collectively agencies within the West Midlands Conurbation can and are working together to improve their emergency response arrangements to flooding emergencies.  But all agreed that to make the conurbation better prepared there was a need to work with the public to raise their awareness as to what they can and must do themselves.  In Birmingham such work is already ongoing with excellent examples of communities in Witton, Frankley and Selly Park working with the City Council and emergency services to make their communities more prepared, should flooding occur again.”

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